Vincennes University develops people and enhances communities through accessible educational programs, strategic partnerships, and active engagement.
Vincennes University is a premier learning institution, widely recognized for leadership in innovation and delivery of successful educational experiences. A broad range of program offerings and a commitment to superior service ensure the University's role as an important link in Indiana's economic and cultural vitality. VU is a diverse community whose members all share responsibility for supporting the University's mission and are respected for their contributions.
Vincennes University Values
The members of the Vincennes University Community value:
♦ Personal growth and academic excellence for our students, faculty, and staff.
♦ Collaborative relationships with our stakeholders and communities.
♦ An environment that encourages open dialogue and cooperation.
♦ Continuous improvement through data-informed planning and evaluation.
♦ Cultural enrichment, diversity, and individual freedom.
Vincennes University is now embarking on its third century of providing top quality education to undergraduates pursuing 2-year and 4-year academic programs of study in the state of Indiana. VU is Indiana's first college and is one of the oldest in America. It is the birthplace of one of the nation's first two-year institutions of higher learning
Situated on the banks of the Wabash River, the 200-acre VU campus includes more than 30 modern buildings featuring red-brick construction consistent with the first campus building, the 1803 home of VU's founder, William Henry Harrison. The Harrison mansion is open for tours. The campus also features red-brick walkways, abundant landscaping, and easy access to the legendary Wabash River and the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.
Vincennes is situated approximately 120 miles southwest of Indianapolis at the junction of U.S. highways 41 and 50. Vincennes is midway between the cities of Evansville and Terre Haute.
Under the guidance of highly experienced administrators, faculty, and staff members, Vincennes University students have the opportunity to pursue or advance careers in a number of industry-specific areas of expertise such as: healthcare, business, law enforcement, engineering, broadcasting, technology, manufacturing, and social work. Click here for a list of VU Majors A-Z.
Vincennes University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and maintains its HLC accreditation through the Academic Quality Improvement Program process. You may contact them at 312-263-0456 or www.ncahlc.org.
For more information, visit the Improve Vincennes University site or send an email to Mike Gress, Interim Director of Institutional Effectiveness, or call 812-888-4275.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and additional sites such as Indianapolis, Lebanon, and Gibson County. A leader in developing Early Colleges statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation. In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education. VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 35 other states, and 17 countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and one of only two colleges founded by a U.S. President. William Henry Harrison, the ninth President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY JASPER CAMPUS
The VU Jasper Campus is a vital part of Indiana’s first college, Vincennes University, a state-supported college that traces its founding to 1801. In addition to offering associate degree and certificate programs, VUJC also offers select baccalaureate programs. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, tuition and fees at VUJC rank among the most affordable of all Indiana colleges. VU Jasper is located on a beautiful 140-acre campus on the southeast side of Jasper, Indiana. In addition to the new Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing, other campus facilities include the Alvin C. Ruxer Student Center, Arnold F. Habig Technology Center, Administrative Classroom Building, and a Jasper Classroom Campus Building that holds a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory for health care training. Adjacent to the campus is the Jasper Arts Center that includes a 675-seat theatre and visual arts galleries. The Jasper Campus fulfills the vision of a Dubois County citizens group, founded in 1960, that was dedicated to improving area education and cultural enrichment. VU joined as a strong partner in 1970. The VU Jasper Campus has developed to serve thousands of students in Dubois, Spencer, Martin, Perry, Crawford, Harrison, Pike, Orange, and Lawrence counties in Indiana.
AVIATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER, INDIANAPOLIS
Located at the Indianapolis International Airport, the Aviation Technology Center (ATC) is a vital part of Indiana’s first college, Vincennes University, a state-supported college founded in 1801. Since 1993, the ATC has been the home to VU’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program that provides hands-on training for a number of careers in the aviation industry. Since 2010, the ATC has also been the home to VU’s Aviation Flight Program that trains students to become commercial pilots. The 92,000 square-foot facility has two hangars and 15 aircraft, including a fully functional Boeing 737-200, as well as two full-motion flight simulators and two stationary simulators. Located a short distance from major aviation employers, the ATC includes 15 classrooms and 10 fully equipped laboratories. Students can earn a Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant Certificate along with either an Associate of Applied Science Degree or Associate of Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology in just 20 months. Flight students can earn private, instrument, commercial, and multi-engine ratings along with an Associate Degree in Aviation Flight. More information is available at www.aviationtechcenter.com or by calling 317-381-6000.
RED SKELTON MUSEUM OF AMERICAN COMEDY and RED SKELTON MUSEUM FOUNDATION
The Red Skelton Museum Foundation is dedicated to both preserving and sharing the legacy of Vincennes native Red Skelton, an internationally recognized entertainer whose talents included comedy, pantomime, painting, composing, and writing. Rising to the heights of popularity in television, radio, and motion pictures, Skelton earned the admiration of millions of fans, including the Indiana Legislature that backed the construction of the $17 million Red Skelton Performing Arts Center at Vincennes University. Adjoining the Center is the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, a fully interactive museum that explores American comedy in the context of Red’s life and comedic genius, showcasing it in a variety of formats. Donations may be sent to the Red Skelton Museum Foundation, 20 Red Skelton Blvd., Vincennes, IN 47591.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION
In advancing the University’s missions of higher education and community service, the VU Foundation, through the generosity of its donors, administers endorsements and contributions established by corporate and individual gifts as designated. During the 2016-17 school year, the Foundation will award in excess of $1.4 million dollars in scholarships to over 850 VU students. Additionally, the VU Foundation coordinates department funds and grants received by VU programs. More information is available by visiting www.vinu.edu/foundation, or by calling 812-888-4510.
VU By the Numbers:
Enrollment, Vincennes Campus - 4,416
Enrollment, Jasper Campus - 579
Enrollment, Systemwide - 18,897
International students, Vincennes Campus - 45
NJCAA Varsity Sports - 11
Intramural Sports - 28
Club Sports - 8
Students from - 17 countries, 24 states
Student-to-Faculty ratio - 16:1
Programs (bachelor's, associate, certificates) - 200+
Vincennes Campus - 200+ acres
Clubs & Organizations - 80
Active Alumni - 121,000
Undergraduate Degrees Offered:
Bachelor's degrees - 7 programs
Associate degrees - 108 programs
Certificates (both CG and CPC) - 57 programs
Founded: VU is Indiana’s first college. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded VU in 1801 while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. VU was incorporated as Vincennes University on November 29, 1806.
Campuses: VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and additional sites such as Indianapolis, Lebanon, and Gibson County. A leader in developing Early Colleges statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation. The Vincennes Campus covers 200+ acres and includes more than 30 major buildings. The Welsh Administration Building is the oldest building on campus.
Residential life: The Vincennes Campus is the only residential campus and features 7 residence halls housing nearly 1,700 students.
International students, Vincennes Campus: 45 active students representing the countries of Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, China (including Hong Kong), Congo (Kinshasa), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia (Jordan), Saudi Arabia (Lebanon), Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.
Official Enrollment, as of October 2016:
Vincennes Campus: 4,416, of which 58% are male and 42% are female.
Student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1.
System-wide: 18,897, which includes both the Vincennes and Jasper campuses as well as the VU Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis, the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis, and other programs such as Project EXCEL, Early College, Military Education, and Business & Industry.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 21 other states, and 17 countries.
Tuition: Vincennes University continues to offer the lowest tuition of any residential college in Indiana. Click here for a complete listing of Tuition, Fees, and General Expenses.
Indiana & Illinois, per credit hour:
Class levels 009-299, $170.72
Class levels 300-499, $198.25
Other States, per credit hour:
Class levels 009-299, $424.36
Class levels 300-499, $493.14
Academics: VU has 6 colleges within the University
College of Business & Public Service
College of Health Science & Human Performance
College of Humanities
College of Science, Engineering, & Mathematics
College of Social Science, Performing Arts, & Communication
College of Technology
Degrees Offered: VU offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs as well as bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Click here for a list of VU Majors A-Z.
School Colors: Blue and Gold.
Mascot: Trailblazer Willie.
Financial Aid: The percentage of all first-time, full-time undergraduates systemwide during 2015-16 who received financial aid was 87%. The percentage of all undergraduates systemwide during 2015-16 who received financial aid was 28%.